With Roberto Cavalli’s party and Beyonce’s debut collection to contend with, you’d think Fashion Fringe would have a tough job to get bums on seats.
But Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer judging and London’s reputation as the home of for emerging talent ensured that this staple on the LFW schedule was packed with industry leaders.
Once again an industry mentorship, studio space at Somerset House and funding up was for grabs for the lucky winner, ensuring the competency of the three finalists - Fyodor Golan, Heidi Leung and Nabil Nayal - was at a prime.
While Nabil Nayal presented a sporty collection of sheer shirts, body con dresses with leather quilting, and bespoke silk jacquards, and Heidi Leung offered a fresh and directional collection mixing nudes and primary colours, sheer pleating and cropped knitwear, Roland Mouret ultimately announced that the winner of 2011 was design duo Fyodor Golan.
Form, texture and intricate detailing gave them the edge while florals, rustic layers and messed-up hair created a rough and ready beauty. Laser cut leather dresses were the clear stand-out pieces, while embellished spinal cords ran up the back of ball gowns and elaborate brocade added energy to a well executed collection and ensured that everyone who’d missed out on the A-listers across town left feeling inspired by new design talent.